The Great American Eclipse – Wildlife Edition

Like many other Americans this past week – I took part in the nationwide migration to see the Great American Eclipse! 

Climate change and biodiversity loss: A dangerous combination?

Diversity makes us stronger. The diversity of life, biodiversity, is what unites and sustains us as living things on this tiny planet. And without it our tiny planet is in trouble.

“When it rains it pours”-the science of extreme weather attribution

“A man with a conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point. We are familiar with the variety of ingenious defenses with which people protect their convictions, managing […]

What We Don’t Know Can’t Help Us

The story of the laser teaches an obvious lesson about how even the most useless-seeming scientific discoveries can have an unexpected impact on our lives, but the laser was still invented with at least fuzzy applications in mind. So, let’s go back even further in the history of the laser – to Einstein.

Planet Earth II: one of many fantastic nature and science documentaries

Planet Earth II, the newest BBC wildlife documentary is premiering on BBC America!! If you have BBC, definitely watch! There are also more ways to watch, and you can find out how here. I will definitely be watching!

A vaccine for fake news

There is currently a plague of fake news around the U.S. and like many other educators, scientists and citizens, I am increasingly concerned about the impacts this has on the understanding of science for my students and the public at large.

Trading places: How to deal with a conservation quandary

There were two things that always seemed out of place in the parking lot of the Whole Foods in Edgewater, NJ – my little Subaru crammed in among all the luxury SUVs and the wild monk parakeets.

How is it that ticks stay attached so well?

Have you ever wondered how it is that ticks stay attached so well? Their mouthparts are so small that it is difficult to tell the morphology without using a microscope.

Here is where the wild things are

It’s 5:45 am. I need get out of my car and get to work, but I can’t. I’m alone, on a deserted road in the middle of the woods, and something is moving in the bushes right outside my door.

The great garden escape: the transition from ornamental to naturalized species

The last several weeks I have spent collecting leaves of my two favorite invasive plants, Viburnum dilatatum and Viburnum sieboldii as part of my dissertation research investigating the genetic diversity of these charismatic plants. My question is how did these plants escape from the comfort of their gardens and go off into the wilds of the forest?